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West coast wins when it comes to eco-friendly drivers [Video]

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 2:14:51 PM

"Green" car shoppers can be found across the country. These are the buyers that, in addition to affordable auto financing, are in the market for eco-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles.

While every city has a few drivers that prioritize the environment, most are found on the West Coast, at least according to data. At the top on the list was the greater San Francisco area, followed by Monterey, California.

"We've always seen that the Western U.S. shows more interest in going green, but this is the first time we've seen nothing east of the West Coast," said Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor. "With Earth Day in mind, there are more reasons than saving money to consider an alternative fuel vehicle. Hybrids and electrics continue to proliferate, and automakers are offering them in all shapes and sizes to accommodate a wide range of driver needs."

The only cities not within California in the top 10 were Honolulu, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; and Portland, Oregon.

Regardless of your city, if you'd like to buy a fuel-efficient vehicle, the U.S. Department of Energy recently compiled a list of the best 2015 models on the market. Popular options include the SMART car, the Ford Fiesta, the Toyota Prius and the Tesla Model S.